Frodsham Silver Band competed at the Saddleworth and District Whit Friday Brass Band Contest.
More than 130 bands from the UK, Europe and Scandinavia converged on moorland villages and towns of the western Pennines for the competition, which has been described as ‘the greatest free show on Earth’.
Frodsham Silver Band’s Saddleworth co-ordinator Terry Hopley, whose family’s membership of the band dates back to 1906, said: “Saddleworth is a very special contest. Nowhere has quite the same jovial atmosphere, with a distinct competitive edge to it. Novices have the chance to play cheek by jowl with the great colliery bands.”
The band’s display consisted of a march through the villages to the March of the Cobblers and test pieces at each of the villages.
Norman Denaro, who has been conductor since 1993, said: “I just love to see the young musicians I have taught flourish in this environment.”
Ten-year-old trombonist Daisy Kay, of Frodsham, had ‘loads of fun’ at the event.
She said: “It is a little bit serious, but everyone is together and it feels like we are all working together in a big team.
“It was really scary the first time I tried to march. It’s really difficult, but everyone has been really kind and helpful.
“Norman is so cool – he is great with the junior members of the band and knows how to give us confidence.”
Frodsham Silver Band is a 4th section band members’ ages ranging from 10 to 90.
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